Instructors





Class Instructors

Course and Name

Course Description

Biography

Eric B Kaszynski Jr. Eric B Kaszynski Jr. is the current director of the Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 3000 Old North Rd. in Denton.  Born in Dallas TX in 1950, he grew up in Dallas and Lewisville. Work took him away from the metroplex for a number of years to Oklahoma, South Texas, Mexico and Kansas. Eric returned to Denton in 1998, infected with the Genealogy bug.  Working initially in Personal Ancestral File and then with new.familysearch and for the past several years with FamilySearch Family Tree. He served an 18 month mission for the Church doing telephone support for FamilySearch products in 2014-2015 and has worked as a local volunteer since then.  For Eric, Family Tree’s collaborative approach makes Family History a family affair.
Jane Sanzone Daughters of the American Revolution Jane Sanzone joined the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2015. She currently serves as registrar of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter NSDAR in Denton, Texas. Since taking this position in 2017, she and the chapter’s lineage research chair have overseen the submission and subsequent approval of over 25 new member applications and she is eager to share her tips for building a successful application!
Walta Evans Genealogy Aids on Line:
Tree Seek,
Ling Shot,
Birthdate Calculators,
Photo Editing tools,
Research sites Paid and Free,
Blogs and wikis,
Forums, Societies, and Newsletters,
Collaborations
Bio for Walta Edwina Lefler Evans

Walta Edwina Lefler Evans is a retired elementary teacher/school librarian with 49 years of service. She holds B.S, M.Ed. and MLS degrees from the University of North Texas. She was with the Van Zandt County Library in Canton, Texas, as the part-time professional librarian in charge of children’s programming and genealogy. She was a school librarian in Texas and in Arizona on both the Navajo and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservations and taught for Navajo Community College (now Dine College).

Her interest in family history and genealogy began early with stories from family members from Jersey, Channel Islands, and continued in her teens when she went to her first paternal family reunion in Michigan. She has traveled to many locations: libraries, courthouses, Archives of Ontario in Canada, and cemeteries, doing the leg work to gather her family history and that of her husband and friends. She has acquired skills in research and technology which have helped her in both genealogical pursuits and in contacting distant relatives in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and France. She is currently working in the Archives of France online.

She has presented at the Denton County Genealogical Society and at Family History Day activities in Denton. She is an active member of DCGS, The Virtual Genealogical Society, Jersey Heritage, several social media sites, Ancestry, My Heritage, Geneanet and Family Search/Family Tree.

Walta Evans Syllabus for Memories Presentation

MEMORIES: RECOLLECTIONS FROM THE PAST for the FUTURE

What is a Memory?

What to preserve?

Gathering

Where and How to Gather

Who gathers

Types of Memories

Their Preservation

Their Worth

Donna Spears

Donna Spears got serious about genealogy in 2009 after she retired from her 20-year career as a technical writer. In 2013 Donna and her husband, Joe, visited a small, abandoned family graveyard in South Dallas where they found the 1866 gravestone of Donna’s 3x great grandfather. The journey that followed included an uncooperative surrounding land owner, the Texas Historical Commission, an attorney, a lawsuit, a retracement surveyor and more as they successfully fought to keep a parking lot from being built on the ancestors’ cemetery. When the Court asked Donna to prove she was a descendant of the family interred in the cemetery, she did just that.

A graduate of Denton High School and TWU, Donna serves as Chair of the Lineage Research Committee of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Gordon K. Wright &
Lynette A. Wright
Gordon K. Wright and his wife, Lynette A. Wright, currently serve as Area Temple and Family History consultants, Bro. Wright currently serves as a sealer in the Dallas Texas Temple. He is a former stake president of the Allen Texas Stake and of the McKinney Texas Stake. Bro. and Sis. Wright have held many callings in the Church and are grateful for the privilege of serving. They are the parents of six children, all of whom are married, and the grandparents of 15 wonderful grandchildren. Brother Wright has spent his career as a trial lawyer.

Brother and Sister Wright have recently been called to serve in the Arizona Gilbert Mission where Brother Wright will begin his service as mission president on July 1 of this year (2019).

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